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The most important thing is that you like your subject area! It?s also important to do as well as you can throughout your degree. For example, I applied for PhD scholarship during my final year, so they were looking at my first, second and third year results. Finally, I find that liking people helps a lot.

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Deaf Studies

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

Undergraduate awards are awarded by the HETAC or Higher Education Institutes.

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3rd level Graduates are qualified for a wide range of occupations, and their education prepares them for roles involving specific skills, and for coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

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4 Years
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The degree involves an integrated programme of study which is designed to equip students with a broad spectrum of knowledge, skills and competencies related to the Deaf community, its history and culture, and for those following specific paths, the profession of ISL/English interpreting or ISL teaching.

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A four-year full-time honors degree course. No prior knowledge of ISL is required. The course provides a comprehensive introduction to the Deaf community and ISL for those wishing to work in or with the Deaf community.

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TR016 - Deaf Studies

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TR016 - Deaf Studies
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This four-year full-time degree course gives you an in-depth understanding of the Irish Deaf community and of the experience of Deaf people internationally, historically and in contemporary society. ISL is studied across the programme, while in years one and two, themes such as Deaf education, the representation of Deaf people in the media, the legal and political standing of signed languages and access to critical public health services are explored. Understanding of the structure of ISL, the sociolinguistic context and the path to acquisition of a signed language for Deaf children are also explored in years one and two.

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